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IL&FS was a Lehman-like moment

Now that the consequences of the collapse of IL&FS are before us, the question worth asking is: Was the decision to let IL&FS fail a policy blunder as the Lehman decision was?

T T Ram Mohan  |  New Delhi 

T T Ram Mohan

When IL&FS collapsed in September 2018, there was talk of a “Lehman” moment. Many felt that the collapse would devastate the Indian financial system and the economy in much the same way that the fall of investment bank Lehman Brothers had impacted the US economy. The impact hasn’t been quite the same. We haven’t had banks failing.

The Indian economy has not plunged into recession. But the impact hasn’t been negligible either. The IL&FS debacle has shaken confidence in the non-banking financial company (NBFC) sector. It has undermined private consumption ...

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First Published: Wed, November 27 2019. 00:56 IST
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